Validity Of Online Learning

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Debates between the validity of online learning gets more popular as the days go on. Most high schools offer online classes to students wanting to receive a class not offered at the school. Some students take online classes in order to get ahead in their college careers, or the student holds a grudge against the school’s choice of a teacher. Traditional learning has been used for decades, and will continue to be used in future generations. Students should stick with face-to-face learning because it helps the student to socialize and work better with others, the student does not have to worry about disciplining themselves, and it is harder to learn the material with the student teaching. Learning in a classroom teaches the students to work …show more content…
During an online class, since mostly everything is email-based, the professor takes a longer amount of time to respond to the student’s questions. Important questions are not answered quick enough for some student’s needs. Janelle Pagnucco echoes this thought when she wrote “Traditional vs. online learning: which format is right for you?” She writes, “A classroom environment allows for instant expression of opinions and thoughts with face-to-face interaction with classmates and the instructor. These conversations help reassure students whether or not they are headed in the right direction and help keep the learning process moving” (Pagnucco). Without instant answers, some students may be confused when trying to do an assignment due the same day. The teacher is there to elaborate on troubled subjects and this becomes harder for an online class. Although the teacher eventually answers a student’s question, sometimes the answer is dull due to hard decoding of the question. The online teacher might not understand what the student wants to know and therefore cannot answer the question properly. Yi-Fan Chang shows this when he uploads, “Online vs. Face-to-Face Learning.” He uploads, “Dropout rates are higher due to lack of human contact and technical problems” (4). Online learning negatively affects the ability for a student to obtain information, but also allows …show more content…
During school, many students decide to get a job for extra money or to pay for other expenses. The problem with this is how to fit a class schedule within a new work schedule. Online classes are the answer to this problem. They allow flexibility by having more spread out due dates for assignments and allow the student to work on their own time. Staff Writers shows this when they write the article, “10 Advantages to Taking Online Classes.” They write, “Online courses give students the opportunity to plan their study time around the rest of their day, instead of the other way around” (Staff Writers). However, some campuses offer the ability for students to take evening or day classes, to help work with the student’s other schedule. This helps the student receive the bonuses of a traditional classroom, while also upholding a work schedule. If the student works in the day, evening classes are available. If they work in the evening, morning or day classes are available. Kendall Bird mirrors this when she writes in “Online vs. Traditional Education: The Answer You Never Expected.” She writes, “Even if you’re hoping for a little flexibility, on-campus courses typically offer day and evening schedules so you can coordinate with your daily commitments.” Not only does an online class provide flexibility, but also has cheaper

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